If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.

About 10 years ago (man, I’m old), I lived in Paris for 10 months as an Erasmus year during my degree. And I fell in love. What a city. I go back as often as time and money allow, and this weekend I went back for a quick one night trip with two of my closest friends. We spent a wonderful two days wandering the streets (still beguiling despite the – at times – torrential rain), eating the delicious food and drinking the wine. But the less said about the wine the better.

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This was our first view of the Eiffel Tower. Told you it was raining.

One night really isn’t enough – even if you’ve already been to Paris several times, and most of the time I was there I was already planning what I would do on my next visit.

Messing about by the river.

These are just a few of the photos I took during my visit, hope you enjoy!

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Not sure where this was taken. We just turned the corner, and there it was, like it had been set up just for a photo.

One of the highlights was when we stumbled across a market by the Seine to advertise the South West of France to holiday-going Parisians. We sampled a lot of fine produce, and were even rewarded with a bag of fresh garlic and apples – which of course we couldn’t say no to. And I can now say it’s some of the finest garlic I have ever tasted. English supermarkets just don’t compare.

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Les bouqinistes!

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Lovers’ padlocks.

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Autumnal flowers in the garden by Notre Dame.

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Despite only having two days in the city, we saw a lot of cafes – including this one when we rested our tired legs in the Centre Pompidou.

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Eyeing up the treats.

So I hope it’s not too long before I go back. There’s so much more to see – two days is only enough to make me want more. Paris, je t’aime.

Today’s quote is from Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast

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